Monthly Archives: April 2014

Can We Increase Intrinsic Motivation in Our Students?

I don’t think anyone would argue with the assertion that as instructors, we want our students to be successful.  This doesn’t mean that we’re going to make our classes easy or pass folks who haven’t earned it.  However, one thing … Continue reading

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Some Quick Teaching Tips from SMU Award-Winning Professors

I am always working to improve myself as a teacher. I think about how I can more clearly convey information to my students, motivate them, push them to think harder and more carefully, make class more fun and memorable, and … Continue reading

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Discrimination and Ethics

I love NPR. I listen on my way to work every morning. My most frequent parking lot moments are on Wednesdays, when I arrive at work just about the time Shankar Vedantam is reporting on recent social science research. This … Continue reading

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Just a great story about a teacher and a student

I guess this is the time of year when I am looking for a little inspiration. Writing exams is fun; grading them is not. This is when, as a former colleague once said, you want to call the Provost and … Continue reading

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Think, Pair & Share

We read a case in my first-year Torts class in which a labor union’s health insurance fund paid a member’s medical bills ($22,700). When the member settled his case against the driver who hit him (for $250,000 — lots of … Continue reading

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The Value of Note-taking: Laptop versus Ink?

Do you ever ask yourself why you have students take notes in class? Do you plan out what you hope they will write and then how they will use these notes later? Obviously we want our students to learn material … Continue reading

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Humor in Teaching

We’ve recently added a lot of seriousness to the offices of teaching, from the too-high cost of a degree to the desire to produce specific results (jobs, right?) that are not really promise-able in any environment. But humor is an … Continue reading

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